Sherman Oaks Notre Dame comes again to win Mission League opener

With the temperature within the 40s and snow masking close by mountains, there was each purpose to imagine the pitchers at Wednesday’s Mission League baseball opener in Sherman Oaks between Notre Dame and Bishop Alemany may need some points with walks contemplating how tough it may be gripping the baseball within the chilly.

Sure sufficient, Notre Dame ace Oliver Boone didn’t make it out of the primary inning. He gave up six runs on 4 walks and two hit batters and by no means received a batter out earlier than being pulled.

“I couldn’t get a grip of it,” Boone stated.

By sport’s finish, eight pitchers would mix for 19 walks and 7 hit batters.

Watching all of it unfold from left subject was Notre Dame outfielder Kai Gonzaga.

“Once the sun went down, it was freezing,” he stated.

Alemany opened an 8-0 lead within the second inning solely to see Notre Dame come again for an 11-8 victory. The huge blow was a tying two-run house run by Gonzaga over the right-field fence within the sixth inning that tied the rating.

“It was unbelievable,” Gonzaga stated of his first house run in highschool varsity baseball. “I didn’t even think it was going out. I was surprised. I’m still in shock.”

Ryan Limerick would comply with with a two-run double and Madden Ocko an RBI triple to focus on a five-run sixth. Levi Sterling got here on within the seventh to select up the save with three strikeouts.

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Andrew Garcia completed with 4 RBIs for Alemany, together with a three-run triple.

Notre Dame coach Tom Dill, in his thirty first season, has seen his share of unusual video games, however Wednesday’s was near the highest.

“To think one of of the best pitchers doesn’t get an out in the first inning and gives up six runs . . . when I got up in the morning, that’s not what I was thinking,” he stated.

Pitchers Erik Puodziunas, Nate Kugler and Sterling restricted Alemany to 2 hits over 61/3 innings of aid pitching. The groups resume their three-game collection on Thursday at Alemany.

Meanwhile, Harvard-Westlake suffered a 5-4 Mission League street loss to St. Francis. Holden Deitch had two hits and two RBIs. Xander Douglas received the ultimate two outs with the tying run on base for the save. First-year St. Francis coach Shaun Kort was a Harvard-Westlake assistant.

In a nonleague sport, West Ranch defeated Granada Hills 12-5. Matt Lloyd homered for West Ranch and Mickey Murr had three hits and three RBIs.

Sterling Patick struck out 9 in South Hills’ 8-2 win over Huntington Beach.